One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the invaders plundered the countryside’
pillage, loot, rob, raid, ransack, strip, fleece, ravage, lay waste, devastate, maraud, sack, rape
archaic spoil, pirate, reave
rare depredate, spoliate, forage
2‘millions of pounds plundered from pension funds’
steal, take illegally, purloin, seize, thieve, rob, pillage, carry off
make off with, misappropriate, embezzle
1‘the plunder of the villages’
looting, pillaging, plundering, robbery, robbing, raiding, ransacking, devastation, depredation, laying waste, sacking, marauding
literary despoiling, rapine, ravin
2‘the army sacked the city and carried off huge quantities of plunder’
booty, loot, stolen goods, spoils, prizes, ill-gotten gains, haul, takings, pickings
informal, dated swag, boodle
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